Keeping the sky blue

Updated 9/19/2020 2:52 PM

I took blue skies for granted. In school I learned that the sky is blue because blue light travels in shorter and tinier wavelengths, causing it to disperse more. So I thought this scientific backing meant that I could always count on blue skies as a certainty amidst all that is unknown. Thus, I was shocked by the orange skies on the West Coast.

The smoke from the wildfires in California blocked the sun and filtered out the blue light that makes the sky blue. This phenomenon shows the consequences of an overabundance of carbon in our atmosphere. Carbon emissions from sources such as transportation, electricity, and industry can and should be limited.


Luckily, there is a solution. H.R. 763 Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 would put a fee on carbon emissions and give 100% of the money collected back to American households. This policy will create 2.1 million jobs and reduce carbon emissions by 40% by year twelve.

To quote the famous song, "Please don't take my sunshine away" by being a bystander to climate change. Call your representative today and tell them you support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Stacy Caeiro


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